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Big B calls for restoring old Bengali films at KIFF

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Amitabh Saturday called for preserving old Bengali films after inaugurating the 24th (KIFF) where 171 feature films and 150 shorts and docus from 70 countries would be screened.

Khan's upcoming film Zero's trailer was also screened at the inaugural programme after the star, during his speech, lamented that his films were not selected in film festivals.

As the celebrates 100 years of Bengali cinema, 'Antony Firingee', the 1967 Bengali classic, was screened as the inaugural film of the eight-day festival.

expressed happiness that the has entered into arrangement with the for training 60 resource personnel in the art of preservation and restoration at a workshop during the festival.

"If we don't take urgent steps in hundred years, very few Bengali films will be left to celebrate. We must save hundred Bengali films and this should be taken up on war footing. The film industry and public should come together and join this movement," the Big B said.

Observing that films are "collective dreams," took the opportunity to salute from spot boys to every member of a team that creates a movie.

He said the was becoming more prestigious and global over the years and expressed happiness that this edition of the festival has named as the focus country.

is the special focus country at the 24th

described Bengal as the cultural capital of the world and said "With minimum support, Bengali entertainment industry can conquer the world."

Superstar Khan in a lighter vein said he is becoming smart and intellectual after frequent sojourns to this city.

Stating that he was waiting for the day, "when one of my films will get selected at a film festival," said, "I want to seek Mamatadi's permission. I don't know if ever any of my film will deserve to be in a festival but here at KIFF I want to show the trailer of my next film Zero."

The trailer was then screened to loud cheers from the audience of the Netaji Indoor Stadium, the venue of the inaugural programme.

paid respect to the glorious film making tradition of Bengal and spoke about the diversity of India's culture and how that gets reflected in films.

Waheeda Rehman, who referred to her appearing with in 'Abhijan' by Satyajit Ray in 1952, recalled how she was tutored by Ray and Chatterjee in between shots as she was not fluent in Bengali language.

referred Kolkata as "Ray's city" and said he saluted the spirit of film makers and cine-lovers here.

hailed the celebration of 100 years of in this festival and said it will help the people to know about the recent trends in world cinema.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 22:25 IST